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10 Essentials to Keep a Stocked Bar


People's interests in wines vary. Some of your guests prefer flashier extravagant cocktails, while others will refuse to drink anything but wine. It's an easy enough request to fulfill: Pop the cork and pour. Your challenge lies in making sure people are given a choice to fit their mood. If you're serving wine at a party, you should have at least two options each for red and white wine. For a seated dinner, you can just pair wine with food and worry less about choices.

Along with your wine collection, don't forget to keep a few bottles of dry champagne, which is a useful mixer for mimosas and spritzers. As with scotch, always keep a bottle of the best wine out of reach until a special occasion rolls around.